Autographed manuscript playtext of El Castigo sin Venganza (Punishment without Vengeance) in the hand of Lope de Vega. Authorial corrections, interlineations, and emendations throughout. License, signed by Pedro de Vargas Machuca and dated May 9, 1632, on leaf 3₁₉ recto. First printed in 1634.
Title, date, and site of creation (Madrid) from title page; Lope de Vega signed his name at the end of the play (3₁₈ verso).
Collation: Paper codex ; fol. iii + 62 leaves + fol. iii ; 1-2²⁰ chi² 3²⁰. Contemporary arabic foliation in the upper-right corner of most leaves, falling into three main sequences, with blanks between each (, 17, , 16, , 16, ). All leaves unsigned.
Layout: Written in a single column, with number of lines per page varying. Some lines set off by sententiae markers.
Script: Cursive, in the hand of Lope de Vega.
Binding: Bound in ca. 19th-century maroon goatskin panelled and tooled in gilt and blind. The spine is panelled and tooled in gilt. Housed in a tan cloth box.
Provenance: Formerly owned by George Ticknor (1791-1871).
Acquired by the BPL in 1895 via donation from Anna Eliot Ticknor. Note from Anna Eliot Ticknor tipped-onto the recto of the third flyleaf, at front.
Currently cataloged under call number MS D.174.19.
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Ticknor, George, 1791-1871, former owner; Ticknor, Anna Eliot, 1823-1896